Unlocking another world through the pages of a book and your imagination.

The pages of a book hold so many things. They hold history, imagination, knowledge. They hold wisdom passed down from ancients and hold the key to exploring new things and imagining new heights and adventures. They have the power to increase our understanding of the world as well as take us to new places using the power of our hopes, dreams, desires, and imagination. They can feed our curiosity and cause us to grow as individuals, reaching new heights that we’ll never return from. But most importantly, they can act as an escape as we let our minds drift off into the pages of the book where the story comes to life and for a moment we are lost in another world of our choosing.

I unfortunately don’t read books as much as I once did. The digital media like TV, Netflix, and the internet has pretty much replaced paper books. I’d venture to say more people watch video than they do reading a book. I can watch a documentary in an hour and get generally the same knowledge from reading a book, which will take longer. I can immerse myself in a fiction movie, but without having to imagine anything since it is already created for me by the makers of the movie. All in all, we’ve become lazy. Technology has made us lazy. Gone are the days when I would take the time and energy to actively, rather than passively, immerse myself in a story. No longer do I need to use my imagination to picture myself as Heathcliff in Emily Bronte‘s masterpiece, Wuthering HeightsOr as Earl Dumerest in my favorite sci-fi novels, The Dumarest Of Terra Saga, written by E.C. Tubb. No longer does a girl looking for love have to imagine herself as Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen’s classic, Pride and Prejudice. The actors do it for us, and this is a shame. Our minds have become lazy, our imagination dull. Our sense of wonder and adventure fleeting and seemingly lasting only as long as the length of a film and then quickly forgotten, rather than like the pages of a book of which the words feel as if they stay with us for years.

When I was a kid, I would watch Reading Rainbow at school and at home. I remember enjoying it from start to finish as I was exposed to stories that captured not only my undivided attention, but my imagination and curiosity as well. For that brief time, I would forget about anything that may have happened throughout the day, good or bad. It was an escape from the realities of the day. This escape was as beneficial then as it is today as an adult. The wonder you had as a child only leaves you as an adult if you let it. With all the stress that comes with being an adult  . . . work, bills, relationships, politics, etc. it’s good to have an escape. And getting lost in a good book is a good way to do that.

The words from Reading Rainbow ring as true today in my adulthood as they did decades ago in my youth. It opens up my mind to new things and big dreams and I hope it does to you as well.

Butterfly in the sky
I can go twice as high
Take a look
It’s in a book
A reading rainbow

I can go anywhere
Friends to know
And ways to grow
A reading rainbow

I can be anything
Take a look
It’s in a book
A reading rainbow